AFD holds a press conference in Kampala

Today, the French Development Agency (AFD) activities cover three main areas: financing infrastructure projects (water and sanitation, sustainable energy and transport), supporting a resilient economy (Kampala’s low carbon strategy, supporting Uganda’s INDC, French Global Environment Facility’s projects) and private sector financing (banks, tourism, renewable energy through its subsidiary Proparco’s support to the private sector or the SUNREF programme).

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On Wednesday 1st June, the Embassy of France in Uganda invited the Ugandan media for a brief on the AFD activities. H.E Sophie Makame, Ambassador of France to Uganda, Mr. Yves BOUDOT, AFD Regional Director for East Africa, his successor Mr. Bruno DEPRINCE and Ms. Virginie LEROY, AFD representative in Uganda, presented, one after the other, AFD’s commitments and the challenges it has to address in Uganda and the world.

Present in over 90 countries worldwide, AFD has specialized in financing development projects. On account of its expertise, AFD supports public and private initiatives aimed at strengthening the economy and improving the lives of individuals in a sustainable and inclusive way. It is committed to the fight against poverty and environmental protection.

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Although AFD’s interventions in Uganda date back to 1998, its office was first opened in the country in 2009. Over the years, the Agency has invested more than 450 million €, doubling its portfolio in the last two years.

Today, the French Development Agency (AFD) activities cover three main areas: financing infrastructure projects (water and sanitation, sustainable energy and transport), supporting a resilient economy (Kampala’s low carbon strategy, supporting Uganda’s INDC, French Global Environment Facility’s projects) and private sector financing (banks, tourism, renewable energy through its subsidiary Proparco’s support to the private sector or the SUNREF programme).

Improving access to electricity for the biggest number of Ugandans when only 15% of households are currently connected to the grid is a motivation for France’s commitment in Uganda. It is in this context that AFD has funded the construction of hydro power plants like Bujagali (74.3 million €) and Muzizi as it contributes to increasing the national electricity supply.

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AFD is also supporting the installation of a high voltage line between Masaka and Mbarara, an essential component of the regional interconnectivity framework. The Agency decided to support this project in light of the urgent need to improve the security and reliability of electricity networks as well as improve access to electricity in the rural areas.

AFD also encourages Uganda and the local banks to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

In the water sector, Kampala city benefits from AFD’s support in the generation of drinking water (more than 210 000 m3/day projected by 2023). AFD is also supporting the expansion of the National Water and Sewerage Cooperation (NWSC) in satellite towns (especially in the Western region).

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In addition, AFD is intends to support the construction of the Kampala-Jinja express highway through a loan and a European Union subsidy. This project would be AFD’s first support in the transport sector which is essential for Uganda, a country located at the heart of Great Lakes Africa, connecting Central Africa to East Africa.

The above mentioned projects are at the centre of AFD’s sustainable and include development policy in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, 3.1 billion € or 38% of AFD’s total commitments in world, were devoted to projects on the African continent (representing a 6% increase since 2014).

This trend is expected to continue in the coming years given the commitments of the French government to support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the fight against climate change.

Dernière modification : 22/07/2016

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